Governance training needs in community organisations

Nicholson, Gavin, Newton, Cameron, McGregor-Lowndes, Myles, & Sheldrake, Michelle (2008) Governance training needs in community organisations. Just Policy : A Journal of Australian Social Policy, 49(December), pp. 5-12.

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Boards and Management Committees of nonprofit organisations are often portrayed as lacking the necessary skills and knowledge for the role. To investigate this issue, we undertook a survey of 835 community, nonprofit organisations in the community services sector. We received 565 usable responses from board/committee members and senior managers. Participants indicated that risk management (1), legal compliance (2), strategy and business planning (3), financial management (4), and director duties (5) were the top five governance training topics desired by participants. However, an analysis of the gap between perceived importance and perceived competence revealed different training needs. While strategy and business planning (1), financial management(4), and risk management (5) exhibited large gaps between importance and competence, there were two other topics - board recruitment and retention (2) and fundraising (3) that were not represented in a direct survey of participant interest. This indicates that direct surveys of nonprofit boards/committee members about their governance needs may overemphasize legal and compliance elements of the role and underemphasize the strategic and performance elements of the role. We conclude by outlining a research agenda to address these governance challenges facing the sector.

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ID Code: 18604
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Access to the accepted manuscript version is currently restricted pending permission from the publisher. For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see Official URL) or contact the author.
Funders: ARC
Keywords: corporate governance, boards of directors
ISSN: 1323-2266
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement (150303)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Victorian Council of Social Service
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2009 01:11
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2014 01:31

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